Dr. Sheron Burns


Dr. Sheron Burns
Title: Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Department: School of Education
Discipline: Education
Additional Titles: Coordinator, Diploma in Education (Primary) Coordinator, Diploma in Education (Secondary) Coordinator, Associates Degree (Early Childhood)
  • PGC University Teaching & Learning, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, 2017
  • Ph.D. Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education, University of Alberta, Canada, 2007                     
  • M.A. Education - Educational Technology/Reading, University of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas, 1997       
  • B.A. Elementary Education (Cum Laude), University of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas, 1987
Contact: Telephone: (246) 417-4427
Fax: (246) 417-9615
Email Address: sheron.burns@cavehill.uwi.edu
Teaching Areas:
     Undergraduate Courses: 
  • EDPS 1001 – Introduction to Human Development
  • EDFA 1024 – The Social Foundations of Education
  • EDEC 2000 – Fundamentals of Early Childhood Care and Education
  • EDEC 2005 – Growth, Development and Learning in the Early Years
  • EDEC 3011 – Home, School and Community Collaboration
  • EDEC 3012 – Integrated Curriculum in the Early Years
  • EDEC 3090 – The Early Childhood Practicum
  • EDTE 3404 – Issues in Teacher Education


Dr Burns spent two decades facilitating the development and learning of five to seven year olds in public primary schools in Montserrat.  In 2006, she was appointed Education Officer, Early Childhood Education, Government of Montserrat and was responsible for pre-primary education. She joined the School of Education University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in November 2014 on secondment from the Government of Montserrat.  Burns spearheaded the development of the Bachelor in Education, Early Childhood Care and Education programme which was launched in the 2018/19 academic year.

Burns was named :

  • Montserrat Progressive Society New York: Centennial Awardee – Education , 2014
  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholar, 2003 – 2007
  • The National Deans List  (US) ,1996
  • Who’s Who among students in American Colleges and  Universities ,1987
Research: Research Interests:

Dr Burns’ research interests are geared towards improving the knowledge and skills of parents, practitioners, teacher educators and policy makers in an effort to provide developmentally and culturally appropriate learning opportunities to young children. More specifically, her research focuses on the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Integrated Education
  • Children’s Lived Experiences in Schools
  • Teacher Educationin the Eastern Caribbean

Main Research Projects:
  • Caribbean Development Bank – Gender sensitisation of Early Childhood Practitioners in the Caribbean (2015 – present) – US$156,000.00
  • UNICEF – Gender Sensitisation for Early Childhood Practitioners in select Caribbean Countries (January 2017) US$12, 829.50
  • UNICEF / OECS – The status of Certification for Early Childhood practitioners in the Eastern Caribbean (2015 –2017)

Burns, S. (2018). Achieving quality in early childhood education in the Eastern Caribbean depends on teacher preparation. Early Child Development and Care, 18 (9), 1246 – 1259.

Burns, S. (2013). The ontology and social construction of childhood. In Adele Jones (ed.), Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Perspectives from the Caribbean (pp. 26 – 37). UK: Palgrave McMillan.

Burns, S. (2012). Be a HERO, Create a HERO. In Jake Lyron (ed.), Hugh Matinee’s Book of Memes: Change the world. UK: Jake Lyron.

Burns, S. (2011). Teacher in search of improved practice becomes a teacher researcher. Caribbean Journal of Education, 33(1), 22 – 38.


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